For the 4th year in a row, we’ve experienced a ‘Seasfire’ at Gaya Island again!
The Seasfire organisation from Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur is a crew of adventure enthusiasts who specifically visit Sabah and Kota Kinabalu to experience scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park under the supervision of our operations. Schools and universities, such as those students in Seasfire, frequently visit our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to experience diving for the first time or continue their dive adventure. But also other adventure activities that can only be found in Sabah, Borneo!
Contact our Downbelow Travel Centre for a personalised itinerary to learn SCUBA and other Sabah adventure travels!
Groups of Camps International adventurers’ arrive at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to receive a unique education, such as the benefit of protecting and preserving mangrove forests!
The 2nd group (‘Tembikai’ – watermelon in Malay) and the 3rd group (‘Nanas’ – pineapple in Malay) have just completed their camping experience under the supervision of our island staff team of PADI professionals!
In the space of a week, the two groups camped at the island (at separate times), and all participants tried the exciting sport of scuba diving for the first time ever! Their adventure program includes exploring Sabah through various activities, one of them being the opportunity to qualify as a PADI Open Water diver.
For those who, for any reason, do not wish to continue their diver education to certify, they may go kayaking – a very leisurely activity, in which one of our dedicated and experienced PADI guides will lead a small ‘fleet’ of kayakers to the mangrove forest in TAR marine park.
The groups leaving with a positive impression of Sabah is great, but leaving with such a deep appreciation of the environment to be inspired to contribute in future is the goal of our unique education program!
USW students completing their BSc International Wildlife Biology and Natural History degrees visit Kota Kinabalu to study the diverse marine ecology.
In a weeks’ training course, our team of experienced PADI Instructors will dedicate their instruction for the benefit of the students to improve their skills for scientific diving purposes.
The skills and techniques, which are specialised to their data collection needs, includes underwater visual census (UVC) surveys of all fish and benthic communities, line intercept transects and coral reef cover.
We are introducing to their dive training, for the first time ever, underwater video surveys to develop their confidence in both skills in survey techniques, as well as peak performance dive skills to carry out their surveys. They will then analyse their data much more effectively.
For the past groups of USW students, they have witnessed the largest fish in the world – Whale Shark! We’re optimistic that this group will be as lucky, as this is the time of year they migrate through the TAR marine park!
For more information, get in touch with our Sabah Travel Centre, where we can create a personalised program for your group, small or large in number, to experience scientific dive training or similar!
The second wave of international school students is eager to become marine activists, now that the 50-strong group has experienced the positive impact of their contribution to environmental conservation on a day of snorkel safari at our Gaya Island beach house!
On Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre will host their 1-day snorkel safari activity, with our dedicated and full-time PADI Instructors conducting the program.
The objective is for our young adventurers’ to expand their knowledge base on environmental conservation by experiencing positive contribution in the paradise setting of our tropical marine environment!
During each session of snorkeling, our young adventurers’ are encouraged by their PADI Instructor guide to assist in the collection of marine debris, particularly plastic waste!
After 2 sessions of snorkeling at different coral reefs and a hearty buffet-style lunch, our island staff team organizes a beach clean-up project of our Gaya Island shoreline.
Underwater clean-ups and beach clean-ups are our most popular conservation projects, because in a large group there’s fun camaraderie to motivate one another, and there’s no minimum requirement to participate (volunteers needn’t be a certified diver!)
As part of our commitment to the Project AWARE movement, the unique education our 50 students receive will raise their awareness about the plights that negatively impact the marine environment and the benefits of protecting it!
Get more details on how to join the Project AWARE movement of marine enthusiasts when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ! One of our experienced travel experts will create a detailed itinerary to include a uniquely tailored educational program to learn more about marine conservation!